Voyages North

03 June 2018
22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Fingers Bay, Glacier Bay. July 3, 2011.

18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Fingers Bay

We’ve now been in Fingers Bay twice and both times had it to ourselves. Perhaps most boaters are in a rush to get north to see the glaciers. But Fingers Bay is worth a stop.

As we approached the entrance, we saw a humpback whale spout just ahead of us. Steve throttled back and we waited for it to swim by, keeping the required distance from it. Then we motored in, passing several sea otters floating among the kelp. As we anchored, two small porpoises surfaced off our stern. Low mountains, green from new vegetation surrounded the bay.

On our first trip here in 2007, Steve caught a 19 pound halibut. We hoped to repeat that feat. With two guests on board, I envisioned halibut steaks, halibut sandwiches and halibut stew. Steve got out his fishing rod and started fishing from the stern. At his feet sat Jigger, anxiously watching the line go up and down.

“Got one!” shouted Steve as his rod bent down. The four of us (five with Jigger) watched excitedly -- as Steve brought up a Tom cod. A second one followed but no halibut. Oh well, cod for dinner was still better than beans.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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